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'Honky Chateau' birthplace of Elton and Bowie's classic hits up for sale.

London, August 4 ( ANI ): The 'Honky Chateau', officially known as the Chateau d'Herouville, where innumerable 1970s music legends including Elton John and David Bowie, came to record their music, is up for sale.

John first used the mansion, in northern France, in 1972 to record his album 'Honky Chateau', the Guardian reported.

Bowie, who arrived in 1973 to record Pin Ups and then later, Low, was convinced that the chateau was haunted and refused to sleep in one of the rooms.

The recording studio was eventually shut down in 1985, but after years of neglect, the chateau, one of the world's first "residential music studios" is up for sale for 1.12 million pounds.

The property, a 1740 staging post built in the austere Roman school of architecture, in the Val d'Oise region 30km north of Paris, was previously owned by the late French musician and film score composer Michel Magne.

Magne had won an Oscar in 1962 for his music for the Gene Kelly film Gigot.

When Magne acquired the house in 1962 it was in ruins, but today, it has 30 rooms, a swimming pool and tennis court set in 17,000 hectares of parkland. ( ANI )

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